Artist's impression of the big screen projections courtesy of Hartung Trenz
2 August, 9:45pm for a performance start at 10pm. Performance lasts 40 minutes The Piazza, MediaCityUK You may have heard by now about our moving, performance as part of the First World War commemorations taking place over the country for this centenary year. Our excellent comms team have been busy recruiting choir members and sourcing soldiers letters from the public (more to follow on this), both of which will be making a significant contribution to the performance.
HONOUR is large-scale outdoor music, digital art and dance event on The Quays, Greater Manchester’s waterfront, featuring hundreds of choral singers, will offer audiences an innovative window on the effects of conflict and offer an opportunity for communal reflection on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.
Inspired by WW1 poets and the memories of men and women from the North West affected by the conflict of 1914 to 1919, a performance by hundreds of amateur singers forms the centrepiece of Honour. The emotionally-charged, ‘Super Choir’ will perform a specially written piece by acclaimed composer Andy Smith and conducted by renowned Choral Director, Jeff Borradaile. Choirs from across the region and individual volunteers will assemble to perform in the largest outdoor event of its kind this year.
The event, using MediaCity buildings as a giant screen for projections, will lead audiences through the experience of war, from young men signing up to serve in battle, to the feeling of claustrophobic damp in the trenches, the fears of the families left behind and the fear of going over the top. A blaze of fireworks will symbolically transport audiences from the tranquillity of peacetime to the battlefields of the Western Front to remember the millions of military and civilians lives lost.
Artists including Creative Director, Craig Morrison, German duo Hartung Trenz and Wales-based animator Sean Vicary have been invited to use projected text and carefully curated imagery to tell the story in a way which engages people of all ages. Sharon Watson of Phoenix Dance Theatre brings physical performance to assist the storytelling, siting dancers on plinths within the audience. Theatre In The Quarter will intersperse the visual elements with excerpts of audio drama, relaying the experiences of the region’s dockworkers enlisted to serve in battle.